Letters to the Editor

Genetically engineered dangers to B.C.

The BC tree fruit industry is facing a critical threat because Okanagan Specialty Fruits is looking to have its genetically engineered (GE) “Arctic” apple approved for planting in BC.

The organic tree fruit growers and others are opposed, as this will end the viability of growing organic apples in the Okanagan.

In 2012 the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) passed a resolution asking the BC government to prohibit the planting of any GE plant material.

The Ministry of Agriculture responded that they acknowledged the risks to the environment and human health.

They also recognized the negative impact GE contamination will have on BC tree fruit exports given that many countries refuse to accept GE foods.

There is extensive evidence to show that genetic engineering negatively impacts the integrity of organic agriculture and has many adverse risks to human health.

This technology permits the patenting of life allowing the concentration of our food supply in a few corporate hands.

The use of antibiotics in the GE process is contributing to our increasing resistance to antibiotics.

There is ample justification for the concern of planting any GE foodstuffs in B.C.

The province promised to explore the issues surrounding GE fruit and the UBCM resolution to prohibit their production in the province.

With the approval of the “Arctic” apple pending, I call on our government to honour this promise.

 

Phil Harrison

Council of Canadians

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